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“Harry and FamilyWe are so saddened to hear of Jean's passing. Such a wonderful person-- always smiling and so patient. The world is a much poorer...Read More »
1 of 15 | Posted by: ed conway - Roslindale, MA

“Dear Uncle Harry, Gary, Law, and Jason,While the loss of Aunt Jean has broken all of our hearts and shaken the foundation of this wonderful family,...Read More »
2 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Lee - Bethesda, MD

“Dear Harry and Family : Thinking of you during this very sad time. You were always the perfect couple at The Center.. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
3 of 15 | Posted by: John Kalin - Needham, MA - friend

“I learned today of Jean's passing with great sorrow. My deepest sympathy and condolences to Harry and all of the children. My classmate, my friend...Read More »
4 of 15 | Posted by: Electra Petropulos - Amherst, MA

“My deepest heartfelt sympathies to the entire Chin family. I could see the the love Uncle Harry & Auntie Jean had for each other especially when...Read More »
5 of 15 | Posted by: Robert Chin - Brookline, MA

“Harry, Gary, Larry, JasonWe have so many wonderful memories of family gatherings together when we lived in Boston for 12 years. Your whole family,...Read More »
6 of 15 | Posted by: Mimi and Rick Liang/Stiles - WA

“I always remember Jean as a kind, generous, helpful and friendly person. We are saddened to hear of her passing. Harry, please accept our condolences...Read More »
7 of 15 | Posted by: Salina & Frankie Ma - Newton, MA

“Uncle Harry, I want you and your family to know that I have such fond childhood memories of you and Auntie Jean. I recall even as a child that she...Read More »
8 of 15 | Posted by: Ethan S - Seattle, WA - Family

“Auntie Jean. The soft-spoken voice of reason and calm in the craziness. I can still see you looking at Uncle Harry after one of his pronouncements:...Read More »
9 of 15 | Posted by: Cheryl Liang - San Jose, CA

“Harry Sorry for the loss of your dear wife Jean your lifelong partner.Going through this very difficult period you will have and need the family to...Read More »
10 of 15 | Posted by: William Lowery - middletown, MD

“Dear Uncle Harry, Larry, Gary and Jason - Thinking of each of you today and sending a warm hug. So sorry for your loss. Jean's presence was so kind...Read More »
11 of 15 | Posted by: Margot S - Kensington, MD

“Harry Chin and family my deepest sympathy to you all i the loss of Jean a wife mother and grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you all ”
12 of 15 | Posted by: Elizabeth Mercer - Needham, MA

“Harry we are so sorry about this sad news. I only knew you as Harry and Jean. Prayers for you and your family. Know Jean will be remembered as...Read More »
13 of 15 | Posted by: Nancy Kaufman - Waltham, MA

“I deeply wish to extend my heartfelt condolences to my friend Larry and to all the members of the Chin family.Mrs. Chin was such a gracious lady who...Read More »
14 of 15 | Posted by: Mark Norton - Melrose, MA

“My deepest condolences Mr Chin, Larry, Gary & Jason. I am so saddened by your loss. Your dear mom was like a mom to me seeing her sweet smile...Read More »
15 of 15 | Posted by: Rich Parritz - Newton, MA


Mrs. Jean B. (Lee) Chin, of Needham, formerly of Newton and Cambridge passed away Tuesday, January 28, 2020 in Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. She was 84.

Jean was born in Canton, China on November 3, 1935 and immigrated to the United States at age three. Raised in Cambridge she was a graduate of Cambridge Rindge High School and later earned her Bachelor's from Simmons College summa cum laude with a degree in Chemistry. She married Harry Chin on April 19, 1959 in Saint Peter's Church in Cambridge. They were residents of Newton for over 55 years before moving to Needham.

Jean had a thirty year career working for IBM and Sylvania/GTE before retiring.

She was an active member in her communities and helped create a marching band for youth in Boston's Chinatown. She tutored elementary students in math and loved to cook and bake for her family, tend to her plants, spend time with friends and was an avid fan of the New England Patriots. Jean will be lovingly remembered as a sweet woman, a thoughtful and caring angel.

In addition to her husband of 60 years, Harry she leaves her sons, Gary L. Chin (Cara) of Portland, Oregon, Laurence D. Chin (Judy) and Jason H. Chin (Irene) all of Needham; her grandchildren Ryan, Brendan, Madeleine, Garrett, Brady and Mia; her siblings Nellie Wong (Edward) of Waltham, Robert Lee (Maureen) of Sudbury, Eveline Tierney (Paul) of Bristol, Maine and the late Victor and Arthur Lee, Helen Jew and Ann Wong; also survived by many cousins, nieces & nephews.

Family and friends will honor and remember Jean's life by gathering for calling hours on Friday, January 31st , from 4 to 8 pm in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham. Her funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 1st in Saint Joseph's Church, 1382 Highland Avenue, Needham at 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston.

Memorials in Jean's name to The Needham Center at the Heights (made payable to 'Friends') 300 Hillside Ave, Needham Heights, MA 02494.

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